Don’t shrug off Shrove Tuesday

LONDON – Today is Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. It’s the day before the beginning of Lent when Christians consume pancakes, using the main foods available i.e. sugar, flour, eggs before beginning the ritual fasting. Even I got into the swing of things thanks to successful ad placing by Waitrose. The UK is no stranger to mass consumerism and holiday-themed marketing and so for the past week or so we’ve seen plenty of well-placed pancake mixes and ingredients in shops around the city. I admit I fell for it.

There I was, reaching for the boxes of two different types of just-add-water pancake mixes, one American and the other British. I even threw in a jar of nutella. Now I love a ready pancake mix. They’re easy and they make life easier. But once in a while it’s nice to pull out the flour and start measuring ingredients yourself. So, I decided for this post, I will share two pancake recipes that are fun and flop proof.

British Pancakes 


1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Water
1 egg
Pinch of Salt
  • Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. The batter will be a bit runny. Let sit for a few minutes.
  • Heat up a frying pan and melt some butter making sure it covers the entire surface.
  • Pour some batter (about 4-5 tbl) into the pan and spread it all over the surface but be careful not to make it too thin.
  • Let it cook and when it is brown on the underside side, flip it and cook the second side.
  • Remember the first pancake rule! It’s typically a dud. But soldier on and you’ll be enjoying these pancakes in no time.These pancakes are fun for including topings such as fruit and ice cream or fruit and cream or maple syrup. You typically role them up and then eat them with a knife and fork. This is not a burrito!
American pancakes
We’ve all seen enough movies to know that Americans like their pancakes and they like them with bacon. It’s a weird combo that I’m yet to try out. But perhaps they’re onto something. I’m not sure.
But perhaps this recipe will be perfect for giving the pancake and bacon thingey a try.
1 cup flour
2 tbl sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
  • Mix all these ingredients together
1 cup Milk
2 tbl butter
1 egg
  • Mix in a separate bowl and then add to the dry ingredients and mix again.
  • Heat the frying pan and melt some butter.
  • Drop 4-5 tbl of batter in the pan and cook. When bubbles form and pop, flip over and cook.
  • First pancake rule applies with American pancakes – so expect a dud.
  • Enjoy Canadian maple syrup on these babies.

Did you try the recipes?

Which one did you prefer?


6 thoughts on “Don’t shrug off Shrove Tuesday

  1. Thanks for the recipes! Kent prefers the American version, with maple syrup and lots of bacon on the side. He loves the salty sweet combination. So do I! I also like the Britch thin pancakes but when I pour the batter in the frying pan I sprinkle a bit of cheddar cheese with it. Yum! I also like thin pancakes with the classic cinnamon sugar and a dash of lemon juice on top! Double yum. Think I’m going to make pancakes for dinner. Thanks for the inspiration.

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